Dominica. According to countryaah, Roseau is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Dominica. After general elections in May, the sitting government, led by the Dominica Labor Party (DLP), could safely remain in power. The ruling party took home twelve of the 21 electoral seats in Parliament’s lower house, while the opposition in the form of the United Workers’ Party (UWP) had to settle for eight seats. An independent candidate with ties to UWP was also selected. The government’s safe victory was considered by independent assessors to be due to an improved economy, despite the fact that the economic clean-up at the same time meant the dismissal of public employees and tax increases.
A new regional court (Caribbean Court of Justice) was installed in the spring for the CARICOM countries, to which Dominica belongs. The Court will decide disputes between the Member States of the regional cooperation organization and eventually replace the British Privy Council as the country’s highest judicial body.
In September, Dominica’s “iron lady” Eugenia Charles, 86, died. Lawyer Charles was Prime Minister 1980-95 and was perhaps most talked about when she supported the US invasion of Grenada in 1983. Charles founded the conservative Dominica Freedom Party (DFP) and was active in the process that led to Dominica’s liberation from colonial power Britain 1978. She left politics in 1995.